FACT 8th National Meeting
The eighth National Meeting of the National Fair Access Coalition on Testing (FACT) was held at the National Board for Certified Counselors in Greensboro, N.C. on September 13, 1999.
The co-chair of FACT, Dr. Tom Clawson, Executive Director of the National Board for Certified Counselors, opened the meeting by welcoming the 27 participants from 20 member organizations representing over 500,000 professionals. Dr. Clawson summarized the main purpose of FACT and gave a brief history of FACT’s beginnings. Additionally, Dr. Clawson summarized some of the main issues that FACT continues to confront, state legislation or administrative regulations that threaten to restrict access to testing instruments.
Mr. Lorin Letendre, co-chair of FACT, then informed the attending FACT members of the revised objectives to address FACT’s goals. These objectives included the following actions, as well as others: development of a FACT listserv, a membership directory, and drafting a Model Code of Ethics for FACT.
Next, Mr. Tom Dodson, outgoing FACT National Coordinator, gave a report on FACT infrastructure development. Discussed were the website, membership and member organizations, and the FACT budget for the last year. Additionally, Mr. Joe Jordan, incoming FACT National Coordinator, reported on the development of a Steering Committee Listserv and the coming development of a Listserv for FACT members. Mr. Tom Dodson will be staying on with FACT as the AAC representative to the FACT Steering Committee.
Next, Dr. Joe Sutton, PRSE, Educational Diagnostician, gave a report about a recent law passed in South Carolina restricting the practice of testing and educational assessment. Dr. Sutton provided valuable information about how this law came into being and also detailed his response to this practice limiting law. Details may be obtained at the regional pages for South Carolina.
After lunch, Dr. William "Bill" King gave a report about the ongoing controversy between the Indiana State Board of Psychologists and the Indiana Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counselor Board. According to Dr. King, there has been a long struggle between the two organizations concerning attempts by the Indiana State Board of Psychologists to limit access to 318 different testing instruments. The Licensure Board and the Psychology Board met in April to discuss what tests from the list should be restricted. The two boards remain in negotiations concerning this issue.
Dr. Nicholas Vacc, AAC representative to FACT, reported on the on-going development of a model Code of Ethics. Part of this process included comparing the code of ethics for FACT member organizations to the APA – AERA- NCAME Joint Testing Standards (1985, 1999 draft).
A discussion concerning a revitalization of the FACT Task Forces was held with the decision to have two Task Forces at this time, one for the Code of Ethics/Standards issues and one for the Legislative/Advocacy concerns. Those interested in serving on these task forces were encouraged to volunteer, and many member representatives applied.
An Update on the American Psychological Association Test User Qualifications Task Force Report was provided. Copies of this draft report were distributed to attendees. Mr. Lorin Letendre led a discussion of this draft report, in which the main points of this document were discussed. A letter of reply from FACT will be composed and sent to the Task Force. This letter will address several points of contention regarding the Task Force recommendations and will be posted on the website at a later date.
The next meeting of FACT will take place in Washington, D.C., week of September 18th, 2000.